Need for Speed: Most Wanted

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Need for Speed: Most Wanted cover
EA Black Box
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows November 15, 2005
Need for Speed: Most Wanted guide at StrategyWiki
Need for Speed: Most Wanted at Wikipedia
Need for Speed
The Need for Speed 1994
Need for Speed II 1997
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit 1998
Need for Speed: High Stakes 1999
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed 2000
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 2002
Need for Speed: Underground 2003
Need for Speed: Underground 2 2004
Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2005
Need for Speed: Carbon 2006
Need for Speed: ProStreet 2007
Need for Speed: Undercover 2008
Need for Speed: Shift 2009
Need for Speed: World 2010
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2010
Shift 2 Unleashed 2011
Need for Speed: The Run 2011
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) 2012
Need for Speed Rivals 2013
Need for Speed (2016) 2016
Need for Speed Payback 2017
Need for Speed: Edge 2017
Need for Speed Heat 2019

For the 2012 game, see Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012).


SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

Key points

A port based off the PS2/Xbox original versions. The graphical enhancements made for the Xbox 360 version aren't present here.

General information

Need for Speed Wiki


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v4 DRM[Note 1].
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This game is not available digitally.

Version differences[edit]

Black Edition content includes:
  • '67 Camaro SS and BMW M3 GTR
  • Specially tuned rides
  • Three exclusive races
  • Black Edition challenge
  • Bonus DVD

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.3 is the last patch for the game. Resolves a number of issues and is strongly recommended.[3]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\MOVIES\
  2. Delete or rename attract_movie_english_ntsc.vp6, ealogo_english_ntsc.vp6, and psa_english_ntsc.vp6.


If you have another language then the delete the file with your language instead, and if you have the PAL version the files will have PAL instead of NTSC at the end.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\EA Games\Need for Speed Most Wanted\[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\NFS Most Wanted\<user-id>\
Need for Speed: Underground 2 savegame grants you extra in-game cash[4]

Video settings[edit]

General video settings
General video settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings
ThirteenAG's fix requires the latest patch. See Patches.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Set custom FOV with NFS-VltEd[5]
  1. Download NFS-VltEd.
  2. Extract the contents and open the application.
  3. Click on File → Open and select the installation folder.
  4. On the left side, expand camerainfo and default.
  5. Select the camera you want to modify (bumper, close, etc.)
  6. On the right side, expand FOV and change the value beside [0] to the FOV you want.
    • For the hood camera, you may have to change the value for each car individually.
  7. Click on File → Save to apply the changes.
Set custom FOV with RockportEd[5]
  1. Download Ultimate ASI Loader and extract it to the installation folder.
  2. Download RockportEd and extract it to scripts\ in the installation folder (create if it doesn't exist).
  3. Start the game and press Insert to show/hide RockportEd.
  4. Select the Camera Editor and adjust the FOV slider.
  5. Click on Save Preset to apply the changes.


Other options such as camera height and vertical angle can also be adjusted.


Set windowed mode[5]
  1. Download NFSMW Widescreen Fix.
  2. Extract scripts\ and dinput8.dll to the installation folder.
  3. Create wndmode.ini inside the root folder of your game installation.
  4. For bordered window change the line Border=0 to Border=1 (or add it if you haven't launched the game after creating the file) in wndmode.ini.

Motion blur[edit]

Disable motion blur manually[5]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location. If you're using ThirteenAG's fix with WriteSettingsToFile = 1 set, open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\NFS Most Wanted\Settings.ini instead.
  2. Change the value of g_MotionBlurEnable from 1 to 0.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings
Input settings

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Mono and Stereo only.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
By default, game plays sound in 22 kHz. To change into high quality 44 kHz, set level of details to max (sometimes to level 3), and restart the game.

To restore DirectSound, and inject OpenAL with optional HRTF table, download dsoal with HRTF tables (optimised sound quality, not necessarily for headphones only).


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Available here.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Console versions only
LAN play
Online play
4 Online play was retired on August 2011

Issues fixed[edit]

TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game.

Poor Framerate & Crashes[edit]

Install DirectPlay
Windows 8/8.1/10 removes important DirectX components, causing game to run poorly, and possibly lead to multiple crashes. These components can be brought back by installing DirectPlay. More about DirectPlay here.
  1. Go to Control Panel, and select 'Programs'.
  2. Select 'Turn Windows features on and off'
  3. Click on 'Legacy Components' and check the box 'DirectPlay'.
  4. Select OK, once the installation is done, restart your computer.
It is recommended to reinstall the game after installing DirectPlay.

Can't install both NFS Underground and NFS Most Wanted (2005) on the same PC[edit]

This problem occurs because both games use the same name for their main executables (speed.exe). After installing one game and attempting to install the other, its autorun program assumes it's already been installed.
Workaround[citation needed]
  1. Install the first game. It doesn't matter whether it's Underground or Most Wanted.
  2. Go to the installation folder.
  3. Change the name of speed.exe to anything else.
  4. Install the other game.
  5. Restore the original name of the first game's speed.exe.

Controller deadzone issues[edit]

Fix left stick deadzone[7]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Deadzone can be adjusted in NFSMostWanted.WidescreenFix.ini.

Stability issues[edit]

A set of code-injected fixes and improvements to the game's stability.
Install MWFixes[8]

Can't set shadows on Intel GPU[edit]

On a PC with Intel GPU (or with Nvidia Optimus technology), the Shadow detail option is inactive.
Install ThirteenAG's fix[citation needed]

Menu lag on multicore systems[edit]

Change CPU Affinity[citation needed]
  1. Open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Look for nfs.exe process.
  3. Right-click it, then click Set Affinity.
  4. Leave a checkbox on 1 with the other unchecked.
  5. Click OK.

Game settings keep resetting[edit]

Run the game in compatibility mode[citation needed]

Set options: "Disable display scaling on high DPI settings" and "Run program as an administrator".

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 2.0 [9]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

Disable AI catch-up (rubber band effect)[edit]

Use NFSMWExOpts[citation needed]
  1. Download NFSMW Extra Options.
  2. Extract scripts\ and dinput8.dll to the installation folder.
  3. Open NFSMWExtraOptionsSettings.ini.
  4. Change NoCatchUp = 0 to NoCatchUp = 1.


NFSMW HD Reflections - Change resolution of reflections (can cause significant FPS drop with Reshade and 4K set in mod's ini and additionally while VSync is on)
NFSMW Extra Options - Script mod which improves your gaming experience by many ways.
High Quality Vinyls - A port of the high quality vinyls from the Xbox 360 version to PC.
Modern Rockport v. II or 1.0 - Comparisons between various texture mods can be found here
NFSMW World Controller - Can be used to change the camera, time speed, and HUD visibility.
NFS Music Player - This is a custom music player replacement and a BASS library interface for NFS.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 1.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 7500
Nvidia GeForce 2000 MX or GTS Series
Intel 950/i915g
S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro
DirectX 9.0 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible
Controller Keyboard and Mouse


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).